Author of "Showdown," Talk Radio Sensation Coming to Phoenix

Posted on October 01, 2002 | Type: Press Release
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Phoenix, AZ--Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Larry Elder, the number one drive-time host in Los Angeles, will be the featured speaker at the Goldwater Institute's Speaker Series luncheon, Wednesday, December 4, 2002, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., at the Ritz-Carlton, 2401 East Camelback Road, Phoenix.

Elder will speak as part of a tour for his new book, Showdown: Confronting Bias, Lies and the Special Interests that Divide America, released by St. Martin's Press in September. Showdown follows up on Elder's acclaimed book, The Ten Things You Can't Say in America.

Known as the "Sage of South-Central" on his radio show, Elder is famous for his quick wit and his common-sense insights:

  • On welfare: "Uncle Sam has spent more to 'combat poverty' than it would have taken to purchase all of the Fortune 500 companies as well as all of the available farmland in America."
  • On race: "The fight is between those who wish to work to make the country better versus those who cry, whine, and scapegoat. The fight is between those who believe in the power of the individual versus those who think of themselves as members of hyphenated subgroups."
  • On ideology: "There is a word for 'mainstream' Democratic ideology. It is Socialism. And 'mainstream' Republican ideology Socialism-lite."

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Elder has a B.A. in Political Science from Brown University and a law degree from the University of Michigan. After working in Cleveland for 17 years, Elder moved back to Los Angeles in 1994 to begin his career at Talkradio 790 KABC. He was nominated for a 2002 Marconi Award by the National Association of Broadcasters.

The luncheon is open to members of the public. Tickets are $50 and must be purchased in advance. Please arrange advance payment and RSVP by calling Lindsay Moore at (602) 744-9618, or write to rsvp@goldwaterinstitute.org. Members of the press should contact Tom Jenney at (602) 744-9603.

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